Phillip Schofield announced that he has consented to step aside from ITV’s This Morning “effective immediately” following a successful stint of more than two decades.
In an official communication, he expressed: “I acknowledge ITV’s decision that the present circumstances are unsustainable.”
Schofield’s exit follows allegations that his rapport with co-presenter Holly Willoughby had become strained in recent times.
Commenting on Schofield’s departure, Willoughby noted, “His absence will render a different feel to the sofa.”
Willoughby is set to continue her role as the show’s host, and ITV confirmed that other “members of the This Morning family” will join her. The network also stated that Schofield’s final appearance was this Thursday.
Schofield is scheduled to remain engaged with ITV, and this includes presenting The British Soap Awards in June, as well as an upcoming “peak time series”, according to ITV’s statement.
In a post on Instagram, Schofield said: “Throughout my professional journey in television, even in these challenging past few days, my endeavour has always been to uphold integrity and kindness.
“I accept ITV’s decision that the current scenario is untenable, and my intention is to safeguard the integrity of the show I deeply care about.
“Therefore, I’ve consented to relinquish my role on This Morning effective immediately, in the aspiration that the show can progress towards a promising future.
“I extend my gratitude to everyone for their unwavering support, particularly the exceptional audience of This Morning, and I look forward to seeing you all at the Soap Awards next month.”
Willoughby shared her sentiments on Instagram, stating: “The past 13 splendid years of co-hosting This Morning with Phil have been truly memorable, and I wish to utilise this moment to express my appreciation for his wisdom, expertise and humour.”
ITV’s Managing Director of Media and Entertainment, Kevin Lygo, hailed Schofield as “one of the finest broadcasters of his era” and showed gratitude for “twenty years of exceptional television”.